August 20, 2018

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Free Press Head Start for Aug. 10


What you need to know

  • Marco Kiunka hugs his stem cell recipient, Jamie Benzelock.

    Blood brothers: A Winnipegger finally met the German man whose stem-cell donation changed his life when they embraced at the airport Thursday. Diagnosed with neutropenia as an infant, Jamie Benzelock suffered his entire life before the transfusion. Mike McIntyre reports on the teary-eyed meeting.
  • Friday night football: The Bombers host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at 7:30 p.m. Jeff Hamilton has five storylines to keep an eye on in the final meeting between the two teams this season.
  • Old stadium site: The redevelopment of the former Target store by Polo Park is nearly complete, and a call centre is already moving in. A combined Winners/Home Sense store will also occupy part of the building, which is expected to officially open this fall. Martin Cash

Weather

  • Your forecast: It will be mainly sunny with a high of 32 C and humidex of 35. A heat warning and a special air quality statement, because of widespread smoke from forest fires in B.C. in Alberta, remain in effect.

In case you missed it

  • Horse groomer Rebecca Fentum-Jones has gone from being in a coma with life-threatening head trauma eight weeks ago to walking with assistance and speaking in a whisper. (Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press files)

    Thieves strike stations: A public bike repair station outside the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre is being moved indoors because of repeated thefts. Currie Gillespie, general manager of the company that builds and sells the bike-repair stations, says every public station has been looted or vandalized at least once. Maggie Macintosh reports.
  • Injured woman improves: Rebecca Fentum Jones, who was in a coma after being thrown from a horse in mid-June, is now walking with assistance and speaking in a whisper. “She is exceeding everyone’s expectations of where she should be,” her boyfriend, Richie Rodgers, says. Ashley Prest reports.
  • Reports released: The provincial government released two reports on harassment in the government workplace Thursday. Rochelle Squires, the minister responsible for the status of women, called the results heartbreaking. “We had over 3,000 employees share their experiences with us. And from this, we confirmed that sexual harassment affects every part of the Manitoba government,” she said.

On this date

  • Horse groomer Rebecca Fentum-Jones has gone from being in a coma with life-threatening head trauma eight weeks ago to walking with assistance and speaking in a whisper. (Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press files)

    Aug. 10, 1988: Edmonton was stunned when Oilers' owner Peter Pocklington traded NHL great Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings; Manitobans were outraged when the provincial taxes on cigarettes were increased, pushing the average retail cost to $3.75 per pack; the Royal Family rejoiced in the birth of Princess Beatrice; and the Canadian government announced they would send 385 military personnel to the Persian Gulf.

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